Greatest Real Estate Agent in the World or Bozo?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Greatest Real Estate AgentI need to solicit your collective opinion on these Sales Tally Boards that you find in many name brand Realtor firms. With 100% clubs, Presidents Club, Poohbah, and Exalted Poohbah clubs, based on production levels it surely follows that the Greatest Real Estate Agent in the World is the one on the top of the list. These lists are published in monthly newsletters by individual, team or group. Am I old school or maybe new school but do you find these lists annoying? It does drive salespeople to be competitive and receive recognition which is good. But I think I have been to one too many of these rodeos and don't need more plaques for my desk or wall. Plus we all have our own individual goals on what we are doing as independent contractors.

I don't think it is a right or wrong, about these sales tally boards and the award dinners that go with them. They tend to go with the large firms and not the independent smaller brokerages.

Wherever you are in your career with real estate, what do you think of this constantly ranking of people in the past or where you are working now? I know it depends on what your goals are, and there is no one defining answer. I just wanted to hear your opinion. Some firms swear by the rankings, others absolutely couldn't care less. Even if you are not a Realtor, but just have had a sales background, what do you think? Do we really need rankings to drive ourselves to work harder? It is a competitive world for sure.

And my snide remark. Sometimes the top one on the list may have made a lot of money. But sometimes he or she can still be a bozo, and lead a completely unbalanced, decrepit life.

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Mara: Well if you want to hang around little people, I am the President of that club. Like I say, when you're mingling with the Madonnas, Oprahs, and Brad Pitts of the world, you can phone me anytime. I can keep you well grounded and tell you what the flavor of the month is at the Auburn and Opelika Dairy Queens : )

July 06, 2008 09:10 AM
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Aaron Barnes
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I just like the MOney....

July 06, 2008 09:31 AM
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Aaron Barnes: Knowing what you want is GOOD! Great for you.

July 06, 2008 09:55 AM
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Hi Gary,

During my career in real estate I have found that the "top" agents of the office aren't always playing on a level field. In one office the broker had 2 sons who were hand fed a lot of the leads or listings. At another office the brokers girlfriend was often given the voice mail calls from the night before.  I have seen a lot of favoritism over the years. I have also seen these same agents falter from their positions when the broker no longer was available to hand feed and they had to work like the rest of the agents.

Many agents are hard workers and have large sphere of influence. However, there are just as many that get by with a little help from the broker   

August 12, 2008 11:23 AM
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Unnamed Comment: I agree that it is not always a level playing field with top agents that have teams of buyers and listing agents reporting up to them, or get fed leads from the Broker. It can come crumbling down around them when the model changes. Thanks for your observations.

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